Author: Carissa Broadbent
Tropes: Slow burn, Slave turns powerful magic wielder
Publication date: January 7, 2020
Edition I read: eBook
My rating: 4.5/5
It's the first book in a series and I cannot wait to keep on reading!
Tisaanah becomes a slave as a child when she negotiates with their capturers. While they take most people from her village, including her mother, to die in the mines, they take her to be sold for some lord's entertainment.
As a fragmented Valtain, she has interesting looks: patched white and golden skin and mismatched eyes. Combined with her determination to let her pain fuel for for revenge she grows up thriving in her position, saving to buy her freedom from her master.
But when she finally collects enough coins to set herself free, everything, of course, goes wrong. And she has to flee. She flees to the land she's been dreaming of, Ara, to join the Orders, and get help to return and free her fellow slaves.
I don't want to spoil the book so I'll stop at that. The novel has great world building, where you learn intricate detaild of the magic system, kingdoms, the hierarchy of the Orders and society -without feeling like it was all dumped on you.
The characters all felt unique and lovable for me, each with their own history and traumas, and complex relationships due to things from the past that we gradually get to uncover.
It also has a slowburn romance, which I'm not always the biggest fan of. But in this case, I absolutely ate it up and loved every second of it. We get to see our characters interact, get to know each other, and slowly opening up to each other in the first half of the book -and it was so cosy I'd go back to read it just for that again. I would love to hang out in that garden!
Reshaye, of course, adds another layer of intrigue as well. Broadbent has written it brilliantly, and had me confusing myself, torn between passionately hating it, and strangely sympathising with it at the same time. Considering their last interactions with Tisaanah, I'm eager to find out what happened to it after all.
This book was a 4.5/5 for me, but I'm anticipating some 5/5 reads in this series.